Earlier today, we posted the trailer to the new addition to the 3DS Family, The New 3DS. Nintendo have now posted an official announcement about the New 3DS detailing all the new features as well as laying down some system specifications.

Check out all the info after the break!

Nintendo Co., Ltd. will launch “New Nintendo 3DS” and “New Nintendo 3DS XL” on October 11, 2014 in Japan, at the suggested retail prices of 16,000 yen and 18,800 yen (prices not including consumption tax), respectively. The systems will be the newest members of the Nintendo 3DS family, the sales of which in Japan alone are estimated to already top 16 million units to date.

The new C-Stick, ZL button and ZR button, which will enhance the play controls of the existing Nintendo 3DS hardware, have been added, and the new “Super-Stable 3D” function will provide players with an even more comfortable 3D gaming experience. Furthermore, the new “NFC feature” will enable the use of the “amiibo™” on Nintendo 3DS.

As for “New Nintendo 3DS,” the LCD screens are bigger than those of the existing Nintendo 3DS, and the exterior design of the hardware can be customized simply by exchanging the “Cover Plates,” which will be sold separately.

As for the overseas markets, our local subsidiaries will separately confirm. However, there will be no U.S. and European launches this calendar year.


The price without tax currently translate to roughly £95 to £100, so I think it will be safe to say that it will retail at around the £150 mark, roughly the same amount as the 3DS XL. The new design also comes with “Super-Stable 3D” which seems to make it so that the 3D viewing angle isn’t as limited. One pretty cool feature is the fact that it allows you to change the cover plates, which means that worrying about paying a lot of money for a limited edition design is the thing of the past!

It think it might also be worth bringing up this from the official New 3DS webpage. The translation (provided by NeoGAF user zeromcd73) states that there will be titles exclusive to the system which take full advantage of the improved CPU. The first New 3DS exclusive game announce was Xenoblade Chronicles.


Personally, I am slightly nervous of Nintendo’s decision on this, mainly due to the name of the system. There was a lot of confusion with the Wii U where a lot of consumers thought it was just a Wii Add On, even the 3DS received the same problem. I am just afraid that users will think the same with the New 3DS… but only time will tell.

What are your thoughts on this? Tell us in the comments!

Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!